Today is equal pay day, and it has fallen today because the gender pay gap is currently 20% which means women are effectively working for the rest of the year for free.
A Sydney radio station are calling for companies to offer a 20% discount to women only today, to somehow make up for the pay gap. I'm not sure i agree with this because it's trying to make a right with two wrongs. I feel that it's opening up discrimination claims for the companies who participate. However in saying that, it's bringing awareness to the issue.
I personally feel a bit resentful towards men for being able to have a family and a career. I am at the point in my career where I'm ready to step up to the next level and potentially move on to a new company but I want another baby, meaning my career will be put on hold for the next 18 months at least (time TTC, pregnancy and 6 months off).
I just don't know what the answer is. Men in my position will have had more experience as they haven't taken time off with a baby and haven't worked part time for a few years while their kids are young so are of more value to an employer. What do you think needs to be done to close the pay gap?
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27-10-2015 07:07 #1
Equal pay day is today!
27-10-2015 10:05 #2
I'm convinced the only solution is equal rights and obligations for gender regarding children rearing. Which means same entitlement to parental leave. 6 months each.
Then employers would stop looking at female differently since male would also stop work for 6 months after having a baby.
The other major change needed is near-free childcare for all working parents.
It's also part of our own doing. Most of my female friends do not negotiate their salary on a yearly basis. Males are generally more aggressive towards remuneration.
It's one of the last topic broached by females in interview and one of the first by male.
Finally I believe it's also a choice of most Australian women that put their career on the back burner for years.
27-10-2015 10:07 #3
@JR03 why would you put your career on hold for so long?
I got a promotion while 5 months pregnant and a raise while on maternity leave.
My outlook on maternity is no different to my outlook on a colleague taking long service leave. It's only 6month off which IMO is nothing in a career or in a corporation life.
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27-10-2015 10:22 #4
My fly in fly out job in construction ended after I had my son. I can't enter the workforce again after having time off for mat leave and being made redundant. If a bloke took a year off its easier for them to get back in.
27-10-2015 10:37 #5
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This same business now has rules in place that are meant to be more inclusive of women (a minimum of one woman on interview panels, a woman must be put forward for promotion or transfers).
27-10-2015 12:32 #7
I'm now 44 and have for the past few years been working part time in the major transportation industry and have found and very family friendly environment which also has given my career a second wind. My kids are getting older so I can now devote more time to my own interests and career.
For me, when I was deep in the trenches of baby land my job was both a nuisance and my sanity.
I don't know the answers to be honest I gave up trying to figure it out years ago.
And as for men getting the easier career option, that may be true for some but I know my husband misses out on a lot with our kids because of his job. I wouldn't trade that.
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27-10-2015 13:21 #8
I just saw a petition calling for salary data to be made public to put pressure on employers to close the gap. I do the Workplace Gender Equality Act (WGEA) reporting each year at my work and I've analysed our own data and a male in role X and a female in role X get paid very similarly, however where the disparity lies is overall, our senior management team is 75% male. So the men are in more senior roles and are therefore being paid more. So I guess the answer lies in how do we get women into senior positions?
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27-10-2015 13:41 #9
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